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Cannondale Introduces 2001 Cannibal ATV
Cannondale Introduces 2001 Cannibal ATVCannondale has begun shipping the first model from its 2002 motorsports line, the Cannibal ATV. The new "viper red" Cannibal benefits from improved manufacturing efficiencies that Cannondale has made at its Bedford, Pennsylvania, factory, and is priced very competitively at $6,995. The first Cannibal unit was delivered recently to Columbia Motorsports in Connecticut, where it was purchased by a customer before the shop's staff had even uncrated it.

The Cannibal features the same 432cc fuel-injected, dual overhead-cam motor and lightweight, TIG-welded CAAD aluminum frame as the FX400. The innovative electric-start motor also boasts a one-piece crankcase, cassette transmission, reversed cylinder head, and separate engine and clutch oils. The Cannibal's lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum frame has replaceable engine rails, brush guard, grab rail, sub-frame and steering stop, along with an in- frame oil reservoir and linkless rear suspension.

According to Cannondale Motorsports Product Manager Chris Petron, the American-made Cannibal can go head-to-head with any other production quad on the market. "The only ATV that beats the Cannibal's power-to-weight ratio is our own FX400," said Petron. "The Cannibal also has virtually the same speed, ergonomics and handling as the FX400, all of which have been highly praised by the ATV press."

The $7,950 FX400 was reviewed by the ATV press earlier this year to unanimous acclaim. Although each magazine was effusive in its praise of the FX400, perhaps the most telling remark came from 4-Wheel ATV Action which stated flatly that "in a contest of all-out performance with the Cannondale, it looks like Honda, Yamaha and Bombardier brought knives to a gun fight."

Petron also said that the initial production runs of two Cannondale motorcycle models, the XC400 and EX400, have been moved out to September and October, respectively, when revised versions of both bikes will be introduced as 2002 models. "The success we've been enjoying with ATVs has compelled us to prioritize their production over motorcycle production," said Petron. "We're looking forward to rolling out both bikes this fall as part of our 2002 line."

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